CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Babson College men's swimming & diving team had six competitors qualify for the finals in a pair of freestyle events and fell just short of setting new program records in two relays on day two of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships at MIT.
The Beavers picked up 145 points in five events on Friday and are tied for fifth place along with Wheaton College with 195 points through seven events. The host Engineers lead second-place Coast Guard by 143.5 points.
The top individual finisher on day two for the Green and White was sophomore Jack Lucero (Huntington Beach, Calif.), who qualified for the A final in the 500-yard freestyle. He recorded a season-best time of 4:42.31 to place eighth in the prelims and then finished eighth overall with a time of 4:42.66 in the finals.
Senior Alex Grant (St. Petersburg, Fla.), junior Kenneth Mun (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) and first-years Connor O'Brien (Tempe, Ariz.) and Kaden Shover (Boca Raton, Fla.) all finished less than four seconds apart in the prelims to qualify for the B final in the 500-yard freestyle. O'Brien came in sixth with a season-best time of 4:53.38, which was a half-second ahead of Grant, who placed eighth with his best time of the year. Mun (4:57.16) and Shover (4:57.39) both posted their best times of the winter in the prelims and placed ninth and 10th, respectively, in the final.
Senior Mitchell Posk (Boynton Beach, Fla.) put together a pair of terrific performances in the 50-yard freestyle, where he qualified with the 13th best time during the morning session before winning the B final in the evening. He touched the wall with career-best time of 21.43 in the prelims and then bettered it by one one-hundredth of a second in the finals.
The Beavers opened Friday's finals session by finishing fifth in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:25.93. Posk, senior Ross Ojerholm (Worcester, Mass.), sophomore Alex Damiecki (Centerville, Mass.) and first-year Lachlan Dibbayawan (Bangkok, Thailand) finished just 0.22 seconds off the program's school record set back in 1996.
The quartet of Posk, Damiecki, Mun and first-year Taras Polakoff (Orange County, Calif.) also came within 0.20 seconds in the prelims of the 400-yard medley relay, recording a time of 3:29.61. The Green and White came in sixth in the final with a time of 3:31.06.
Babson returns to the pool for day three of the conference meet on Saturday at 10 a.m.